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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 4 July

All the important campus news, events and opportunities for ANU staff. In your inbox every Tuesday.

What you need to know

  • ANU is a proud ongoing supporter of NAIDOC Week which recognises and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Find out more about NAIDOC Week.
  • Last week representatives of the ANU, NTEU and other bargaining representatives engaged in a productive four full days of intensive bargaining meetingsPlease see full update from Chief People Officer Kate Witenden in notices below.  

Aunty Dr Matilda House wins the 2023 National NAIDOC Female Elder of the Year award

Respected Ngambri, Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri Elder, and devoted member of the ANU community, Aunty Dr Matilda House has tirelessly dedicated her life to advocating for social justice for Indigenous people.  She played a crucial part in establishing significant institutions, among them The Australian National University's Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre in 1989. This centre offers vital support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students pursuing their studies at ANU. Her remarkable achievements have left an indelible impact on the Indigenous community.  

Dr House’s contributions were recognised by ANU with the conferral of the Degree of Doctor of the University in 2017, on the grounds of her outstanding contribution to Indigenous Australians and for her ongoing support of Indigenous students.  

Aunty Dr Matilda House continues to remain active in our ANU Community, providing her support and guidance, delivering Welcome to Country and smoking ceremonies on campus.  

Congratulations, Aunty Dr Matilda House. 

Uncharted Territory at ANU: ACT's arts and innovation festival     

Friday 7 July – Sunday 16 July    

There are only a few days to go until Uncharted Territory lights up Canberra and the ANU campus!  

Don't miss this 10-day adventure from 7 July to 16 July, featuring innovative showcases, panels, performances, workshops, and collaborations among artists, entrepreneurs, and researchers in the nation's capital. 

Experience the interactive session Dance with Drones: Rapport and Relationships where researchers from the ANU School of Cybernetics delve into the creation of relationships and choreography between people and autonomous systems. Discover the dynamics of interactions by partnering and moving with virtual drones projected on giant screens.  

Follow the Uncharted Territory Instagram or Facebook account to stay up to date on all the upcoming events.  

Read the upcoming events program for Uncharted Territory 

Lucie In the Sky - Dance performance with drones 

Friday 14 July, 7.30pm 

Saturday 15 July, 1.30pm 

Saturday 15 July, 6.30pm 

Lucie in the Sky merges dance and technology, featuring six dancers and five drones, blurring the lines between humanity and technology. The performance explores complex relationships, power dynamics, and the interdependence between humans and drones. This innovative production was developed in conjunction with a significant research and education program developed and delivered in partnership with Australasian Dance Collective, World of Drones Education and the ANU School of Cybernetics

Register for Lucie in the Sky 

Panel Discussion - Starting up and spinning out: taking smart ideas to market 

Monday 10 July, 6-8pm 

Turning innovation into a business takes more than a great idea. Join us for an exciting panel event with Canberra's leading entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers to be inspired from those who've been there and done it. 

Read the inspiring success story of one of our panelists, Dr Jekaterina Viktorova. 

Register to Starting up and spinning out 

Events & activities

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Artwork - Something you know, something you have, something you are 

Starts Friday 7 July 

Kambri Forecourt, ANU 

Cyber-attacks have become an everyday occurrence, with several high-profile hacks targeting the private information of millions of Australians. Yet the ‘space’ of cyberspace is difficult for the public to understand. This artwork develops a new visual and spatial language to understand cyber security through passwords, cyber attack data and biometrics, displayed on a large LED wall at Kambri, ANU. 

Find out more about Something you know, something you have, something you are

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Collisions: an immersive VR experience   

Saturday 8 July, 11.00am - 2.00pm 

Sunday 9 July, 11.00am - 2.00pm 

Experience the immersive VR journey of "Collisions" by acclaimed filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, as it transports you to the remote Western Australian desert and the world of Indigenous elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe. Witness the collision between traditional beliefs and modern technology as Nyarri shares his powerful story, from witnessing an atomic test to the profound impact of Western culture. This award-winning virtual reality experience invites you to contemplate the future of our planet and our role in stewarding it, as Lynette Wallworth pushes the boundaries of storytelling through emerging technologies.  

Lynette is currently one of the ANU School of Cybernetics Imagination Residents

Read more about the immersive VR experience here (no booking required) 

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Podcast Launch - To Be Continued: Lost Literature and Textual Technologies 

Sunday 9 July, 4-7.30pm 

Join us for the launch of the latest ANU podcast, To Be Continued, uncovering lost literary fiction — from bushrangers and bushfires to Australian ghost stories, tales of modernity and children’s fiction — in Australian newspapers digitised by the National Library of Australia’s Trove. Hear from the people behind the podcast, along with live readings from their literary discoveries.  

Textual Technologies Panel (4-5pm) and To Be Continued Podcast Launch (6-7.30pm). Presented by Engaged ANU and the National Library of Australia.  

Register for the panel and podcast launch 

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Street Art, Science & Engagement – Public Symposium 

Saturday 8 July, 2-3.30pm  

Take part in a stimulating public symposium where we explore the role of science-inspired street art as a form of science communication and its impact on environmental discourse. With guest speakers from the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) and beyond, we'll delve into the intersections of street art and science communication, showcasing innovative research and learning activities at ANU. Don't miss the launch of The ANU ‘Sci_Burst’ podcast's street art episode, which delves into the captivating cultural influence of science.  

Register for the Public Symposium 

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Founders Fireside Chat 

Monday 10 July, 5.15-5.45pm

Come along to an intimate Fireside Chat with the founders of a local enviro-tech start-up. Matt Spence and Vanessa Vongsouthi will share insights into their journey from PhD to founders of local start-up Samsara Eco, who are delivering climate repair through infinite plastic recycling. This event will be a relaxed, casual conversation with the audience. 

Register for the Fireside Chat

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Panel Discussion: Cyber & Culture 

Monday 10 July, 6-7.30pm  

A discussion about cybersecurity, culture and the artwork Something you know, something you have, something you are, commissioned for the Uncharted Territory festival.  

Register to the Panel Discussion: Cyber & Culture


Message from the Chief People Officer, Kate Witenden - Update on the University’s Enterprise Bargaining  

Last week representatives of the ANU, NTEU and other bargaining representatives engaged in a productive four full days of intensive bargaining meetings.   

There continues to be a strong trend of all parties continuing to work hard to achieve an agreement.  Over the course of the week, 29 clauses were discussed in total, including clauses relating to casual, fixed term and continuing (contingent funded) employment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, review of decision, misconduct and serious misconduct. 

Following last week’s intensive meetings, parties have now discussed and made good headway on 98 per cent of all clauses in the current agreement. The below table summarises the current status of bargaining of current clauses.  

Further information on the bargaining process can be found on the Enterprise Agreement webpage. If you have any questions, please contact 


ANU Information Technology Services | Decommissioning of CloudStor Service 

AARNet has recently announced that it will no longer support its CloudStor service, which will be decommissioned on 15 December 2023. ITS has been working with AARNET to devise an approach to ensure staff can migrate their data off Cloudstor.In the near future ITS will engage with individual users of Cloudstor and outline the steps to migrate data to the University’s preferred solution. 

While AARNET will be shutting down the service come 15 December 2023, it is our intention to transition the University’s Cloudstor environment to a read only state from 28 August 2023. This will mean from that date, ANU users will not be able to upload new content to the platform for consumption by other parties. 

To learn more about this initiative and what we are doing please visit the services website.


ANU Travel Policy & Procedures – Changes    

The revised ANU Travel Policy and the newly created Travel Handbook, containing all travel-related procedures and useful information, have been officially endorsed by the Senior Management Group (SMG). Both resources are now available for online access.  



Uncharted Territory Festival coming to Kambri 

The Uncharted Territory Festival is activating Kambri Precinct from 7 – 16 July. Due to the large quantity of infrastructure for outdoor and indoor events, the Kambri Precinct will be heavily occupied by vehicles, trucks and workers on the specific dates noted below. Vehicles, trucks and machinery will be accessing Tangney Road, University Avenue (via Childers street) and North Road. 

Emergency egress and pedestrian access will be maintained during this process. Our events staff in conjunction with ANU Security will manage the safety of these operations. Areas will be contained via bollard and safety controllers as required. 

We do ask that you be mindful in these areas on the noted dates, due to the large quantity of traffic and infrastructure movement. 

Bump in for the Kambri Precinct will proceed on the below days/times: 

8-11pm Tuesday 4 July  

6am – 11pm Wednesday 5 July 

6am – 11pm Thursday 6 July 


Bump out for the Kambri Precinct will proceed on the below days/times: 

6-11pm Sunday 16 July 

6am – 11pm Monday 17 July 


Indigenous Professional Staff Grants Program (IPSGP) 

The Indigenous Professional Staff Grants Program (IPSGP) provides grants for ANU Colleges, Schools, Service Divisions or other ANU Business Units for initiatives that support employment outcomes for Indigenous professional staff at ANU. Successful areas are required to match the grant with an equal funding commitment. 

Applications close Friday 11 August at 5pm. 

Start your application now


ANU Strategic Learning and Teaching Grants – Applications now open 

As announced earlier in 2023 the ANU Strategic Learning and Teaching Grants are being established by the Academic portfolio to accelerate the University’s program of educational renewal to deliver on the goals of ANU by 2025 and to deliver a student experience equal to the world’s best. 

The intent of the grants is to accelerate education renewal aligned to the strategic initiatives approved by the Academic Board: the ANU Learning & Teaching Strategy, the Curriculum Framework and ANU Graduate Attributes. 

The Strategic Learning and Teaching Grants are now open for applications. Applications for Phase 1 will close on 1 September 2023.  

Apply for an ANU Strategic Learning and Teaching Grant

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Digital), in conjunction with the Centre for Learning and Teaching will be hosting three information sessions across July and August.    

Register in one of the sessions below: 

Online 11 July, 2pm-3pm 

In-person 27 July, 11am-12pm (Chancelry building 10T1 - Seminar Room 1.08) 

Online 11 August, 11am-12pm 


Call for applications for 2023 ANU College of Science Brooke Bushfire Research Fund Support 

In memory of Peter Brabazon Brooke, who died in the 2003 Canberra bushfires, and all the victims of bushfires in Australia, the ANU College of Science Brooke Bushfire Research Fund are generously offering a number of research grants up to $100,000 to support bushfire research. 

The purpose of this fund is to provide a broad scope of support for bushfire research. This includes but is not limited to any related activities which support or enable bushfire research. 

Applications from all areas of the University are encouraged. The ANU College of Science Brooke Bushfire Fund welcomes proposals bringing together two or more groups within the University and would consider requests for larger grants if a collaborative, interdisciplinary project was approved. 

For further information, please refer to the Brooke Bushfire Research Fund found here

Applications close: Monday 31 July 2023. 


Centre for Learning & Teaching | Are you new to teaching? 

The Exploring Learning and Teaching (ELT) Program is designed specifically for anyone who is new to teaching in higher education or wanting to consolidate their teaching practice. ELT offers a practice-based learning experience with peers that covers topics such as digital technologies, lesson planning and delivering engaging lessons.

Register for one of the next programs in July and August


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